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New initiative helps patients prevent return trip to the hospital

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A new initiative is helping keep people out of the hospital in Sioux City.

The Siouxland Care Incentive is a new program focusing on education for patients and getting them the services they need when they leave the hospital.

The partnership brings together Siouxland Aging Services, Mercy Medical Center, Unity Point - St. Luke's, Siouxland Community Health Center, and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

The goal of the program is to keep patients from being re-admitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, thus lowering healthcare costs.

One patient says, he's already seen the benefits of the personal care provided at home.

"The first day I was home, she stopped by. Then periodically, she would check with me - how was I doing, how was the medication working," said Miguel Yberra.

The program is national, but Sioux City is the only city in the state of Iowa to receive funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Because of the reach of the partner groups involved, the program will serve 13 counties in Siouxland.

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